Norwegian archaeologists have begun excavations at the site of the discovery of the Viking ship in 2018, it will take about five months to completely remove from the ground a ship called the Hellestad Ship, the Norwegian telegraph bureau NTB reported.
“For the first time in 100 years, a Viking ship is being dug up in Norway. Archaeologists will take about five months to fully remove the Hellestad Ship near Halden from the ground,” the agency said.
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It is noted that parts of the ship were discovered by chance in 2018 on the site of agricultural land. The find of archaeologists was called one of the greatest discoveries since the Second World War.
According to scientists, the initial size of the boat is about 23-24 meters. After the discovery of a unique find, the government allocated 15.6 million kroons from the budget to extract the ship from underground. Preliminary excavations made last year showed that the ship under the soil layer is quickly destroyed, and it is necessary to remove it as soon as possible.
According to Norwegian politicians, the find has not only national, but also important international significance.
According to scientists, the construction of the “Ship of Hellestad” dates from approximately 733 year. The last time the Viking ship was completely dug up in Norway at the beginning of the last century.